Another COVID-19 Death in Alexandria, Cases Climb to 1,703

An Alexandria white male in his 80s is the latest victim of COVID-19 in the city as new cases have surpassed the 1,700 case mark.

There are now 1,703 total cases of COVID-19 in Alexandria, an increase of 46 cases since yesterday. It is not clear how many residents have recovered since the first case was announced on March 11.

Meanwhile, Alexandria has widened the pedestrian areas on lower King Street in Old Town so that residents and visitors will keep their distances during what is usually a busy weekend in the Port City.

There have been more than 900 new cases and more than a dozen coronavirus-related deaths in the city this month alone. A large percentage of deaths have occurred at long-term care facilities, and there has been one death of a person in their 20s. There are now 17 reported deaths of residents in their 80s.

Hispanic residents make up 17% of the population and are leading with the highest number of cases in the city, with 800 reported cases, six deaths and 75 hospitalizations.

There have been 125 cases associated with 11 outbreaks in the city, and 108 of those cases have been health care workers. Nine of the outbreaks occurred at long-term care facilities, and 15 deaths have occurred at such facilities, although that number has not been updated since the city’s release on May 2. The other outbreaks occurred at a “congregate” setting and an educational setting.

There have been 5,758 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests administered in the city so far, and the city’s seven day average shows a 25.3% infection rate of those tested. There have also been 961 antibody tests in Alexandria.

On Monday, VDH will administer 3,000 free tests at Cora Kelly School (3600 Commonwealth Avenue) and at Landmark Mall (5801 Duke Street) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Residents are encouraged to wear face masks and walk-up participants should wear sunscreen.

Statewide, there have been 1,159 reported deaths (23 since yesterday), and 1,123 of those deaths are confirmed to have been COVID-19-related, according to VDH. There are now 35,749 cases (33,962 confirmed, 1,787 probable) and 4,181 hospitalizations (including 28 probable cases).

COVID-19 Age and Sex Breakdown

There are 866 females with the virus (with 20 deaths and 76 hospitalizations) and 832 males (with 18 deaths and 99 hospitalizations) who tested positive for COVID-19 in the city. The sex of five cases was not reported.

VDH provided the following age breakdown of deaths and new cases:

  • 80+     — 17 deaths, 73 cases, 23 hospitalizations (One new death)
  • 70-79 — 12 deaths, 83 cases, 32 hospitalizations (No change)
  • 60-69 — One death, 147 cases, 29 hospitalizations (Four new cases)
  • 50-59 — Seven deaths, 227 cases, 35 hospitalizations (Six new cases)
  • 40-49 — Zero deaths, 328 cases, 27 hospitalizations (Six new cases)
  • 30-39 — Zero deaths, 394 cases, 22 hospitalizations (13 new cases)
  • 20-29 — One death, 249 cases, five hospitalizations (Eight new cases)
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 110 cases, one hospitalization (Two new cases)
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 86 cases, one hospitalizations (Six new cases)
  • Missing — Six cases not listed by age (One new case)

Cases By ZIP Code

The areas of the city with the leading number of cases is the 22304 and 22305 ZIP codes, which include the West End and Arlandria, Potomac Yard and Potomac West neighborhoods. There are 502 cases in 22304, which has an estimated population of 54,003 people, and in 22305 there are 479 cases (with an estimated population of 16,095).

VDH provided the following ZIP code data. Some of the areas share jurisdictions between Alexandria and Arlington and Fairfax Counties:

  • 22301 — 60 cases, 392 people tested (Estimated population 15,171) Two more cases, 12 more tests
  • 22302 — 173 cases, 594 people tested (Estimated population 20,238) Five more cases, 18 more tests
  • 22304 — 502 cases, 1,785 people tested (Estimated population 54,003) 16 new cases, 55 new tests
  • 22305 — 479 cases, 1,136 people tested (Estimated population 16,095) 16 new cases, 25 new tests
  • 22311 — 315 cases, 908 people tested (Estimated population 16,898) Five new cases, 23 new tests
  • 22312 — 350 cases, 1,132 people tested (Estimated population 6,901) Six new cases, 49 new tests
  • 22314 — 155 cases, 943 people tested (Estimated population 47,826) Two new cases, 28 new tests

The City acknowledged that VDH and the Alexandria Health Department have “significant gaps in non-reporting of racial and ethnic demographics in this data.”

  • Hispanic or Latino — Six Deaths, 800 cases, 75 hospitalizations (17 new cases)
  • White, non-Hispanic residents — 24 deaths, 623 cases, 66 hospitalizations (One new death, nine new cases)
  • Black/African American residents — Eight deaths, 248 cases, 50 hospitalizations (Two new cases)
  • Not Hispanic or Latino — 29 deaths, 533 cases, 96 hospitalizations (One new death, 13 new cases, five new hospitalizations)
  • Not reported — Five deaths, 488 cases, 14 hospitalizations (20 new cases)
  • Other — One death, 344 cases, 45 hospitalizations (15 new cases)

The full timeline of the spread so far:

Staff photos by James Cullum